Mike Manders - the Running Knight

Posted by / Friday 17 April 2020 / Fundraising
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With many challenge events being cancelled or postponed due to Coronavirus, one man isn't letting that stop him. This Sunday, Hull resident Mike Manders will be running the postponed Hull 10k on a treadmill in his front garden - and he’ll be doing it in a full suit of armour.


Mike, 34 is an On Board Manager for Hull Trains and lives with his wife Rebecca and six children in Hull. He started running last year when, after reaching his 34th birthday weighing nearly 19 stone, he realised that his lifestyle had to change - for his own sake and that of his children. In just under a year he has shed an incredible five stone, the same weight of the suit of armour that he’ll be running in.


"When I started running last year my target was always to be able to run a 5k but it was a friend who told me I should aim for 10k – all or nothing! The armour for this race was my idea though – I’m part of a medieval re-enactment group The Oxfords - and I hope its going to inspire people. If I can do 10k in a five stone suit of metal anyone can! I also wanted to show my children that if you put your mind to it you can do anything. And doing it to raise money for Action for Children, supporting vulnerable children all across the UK, what better cause?"


Mike will be running his 10k on Sunday 19th April at midday to raise money for Action for Children. You can watch the live stream on his Facebook and show your support by donating to his JustGiving page.